Point of View of an Object: Book Report Project for Any Novel or Short Story

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Use this final novel or short story project as an alternative to the traditional book report. In this project, students will flip the narrative viewpoint and retell the short story or novel they just read from the perspective of an object within their story. They will consider specific things that the object observed, their perspective on key characters and the decisions they made throughout the story, and their take on the theme of the story.

This project allows students to demonstrate explore narrative point of view. They will successfully retell a plot from the perspective of an object through the skillful use of descriptions, text evidence, and creative alterations. They will also show an analysis of the theme of the text and how it is changed with the altered narration and how the new point of view has impacted certain elements of the story (like suspense or humor)

The best part is that your purchase comes with a hand-drawn video, created by the talented John Spencer, that introduces the assignment to hook students in! Watch the preview video above to get a sneak peek of the video included and download the preview to get a closer look at the assignment instructions, student handout, pre-writing organizers, editing checklists included! There is absolutely no prep required to implement this project!


• Students watch a hand-drawn video that introduces the assignment to students to help them understand how retelling a story from the viewpoint of an object within the story can be a unique and engaging perspective. This video is highly engaging and will hook your students immediately. Watch the video preview on the product page to get a sneak peek.

• Use the eye-catching PowerPoint presentations to introduce the assignment in more detail to your class and guide you through each element of the assignment.

• Use the instructions, student handouts, and graphic organizers to implement the project.


→ Introductory video

→ Teacher and student instructions

→ PowerPoint to guide the project

→ Choose your object brainstorming sheet

→ Becoming your object planning organizer

→ Flip the narration checklist

→ Good copy sheets

→ Let’s dig deeper (two analysis questions)

→ Teacher rubric

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.


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